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Looking for some input and opinions on if I should partition my 4TB drive and how many partition should I create?

The hard drive will be used for media only. No OS or programs will be installed on the hard drive- I may install a couple of games on it if I run out of SSD space but I'm not sure how likely this will be.

Firstly is it a good idea to partition a drive solely used for media? Would there be any benefit of doing this? I understand the benefits of partitioning a drive with an OS installed on it but I am unsure if there would be any benefit of doing this on a media drive. I have heard partitioning a large drive into smaller drives can increase performance, is this true?

How many partitions should I create and what size should I make them? I am thinking of creating a 3TB partition for films and a 1TB partition for music and any games that may be installed on there.
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When I partitioned my 3TB I only did it for organizational purposes because I wasn't running my OS or any games from it. You'd get better performance from the initial partition I believe, but nothing that would make a difference with media. If you think at any point you would install games onto it, I would recommend creating that partition first and then allocating the others. If you wanted to do the 3TB/1TB idea I would recommend making the music/games partition first. As far as the number of partitions and how large they should be, that's up to you really.
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